Dutch: Biography of a Language

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OUP USA, Apr 11, 2013 - Foreign Language Study - 289 pages
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More than 22 million people speak Dutch-primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, and the Antilles. Roland Willemyns here offers a well-researched and highly readable survey of the Dutch language in all its historical, geographic, and social aspects.
Willemyns tells a story of language contact and conflict. From its earliest days, Dutch has been in intense contact with other languages both within and outside the borders of the Low Countries, particularly with French, Frisian, and German.

 

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About six years ago, when I was studying Dutch in Belgium, I remember my surprise when I learned that the Dutch word for 'floor' is 'verdieping', and then saw the word 'étage' (the French word for ... Read full review

Contents

1 Who Speaks Dutch and Where?
3
Its Ancestors and Contemporaries
26
Language and Literature
48
4 Early New Dutch 15001800
78
The Nineteenth Century
110
The Age of the Standard Language
143
7 Colonial Dutch
181
8 Afrikaans
215
9 Progress or Decay? The Future Development of Dutch
234
10 Main Sources and Further Reading
253
Bibliography
261
Index
277
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Roland Willemyns is Emeritus Professor of Dutch Linguistics at Vrije Universiteit Brussels